Chinese Crested

Breed Summary

The Chinese Crested Dog is a hairless breed of dog. A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant, and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairless with hair only on the head, tail, and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered with hair. They give an alert, intense expression, and their eyes are almond-shaped, set wide apart. Their ears are uncropped large and erect. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful and entertaining.

Country of Origin: China

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 79 of 196

AKC Classification: Toy group

UKC Classification: Companion Dog

Exercise Requirements: < 20 minutes/day

Height: Female: 11 in.; Male: 13 in.

Weight: Female: 5-12 lbs.; Male: 5-12 lbs.

Physical traits: Hairless, Medium-sized, Well-balanced

Coat: Length: Hairless: Long on head, feet and tail/Powderpuff: Long

Characteristics: Straight

Colors: Any color permissible

Overall Grooming Needs: High

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Alert, Lively

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 13-18 years


Chinese Crested are a healthy breed. Their life expectancy is 13 to 18 years. Epilepsy occurs in the breed occasionally. Patellar luxation (slipped stifles) affects Crested, as it does most small breeds. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease has no DNA test to screen parents, but it does sometimes show up on X-ray. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. A responsible breeder consistently screens their breeding stock for inherited eye problems that occur in the Chinese Crested, including progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, and primary lens luxation.


The Chinese Crested dog depends on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


The Chinese Crested loves to spend time with his owner. They are a great candidate for competitive sports such as agility, flyball, and obedience, and they make brilliant therapy dogs. They also enjoy and do well at lure coursing. They have a very sensitive nature and must be trained with gentle patience. Harsh words and negative actions on your part can damage your relationship to where he will not be interested in learning further from you.


The exercise needs of the Chinese Crested can usually be satisfied with daily short walks with their owner and play-sessions in his backyard. It is good for the Crested to exercise outdoors, but care must be taken to use either sunscreen or place protective clothing on him. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. These are tough little dogs who can be very competitive in canine sports.

Fun Fact

Chinese crested dogs accompanied Chinese sailors on their many voyages during the 14th century.


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